Film: Battle Royale – Batoru Rowaiaru
Battle Royale – 2000 Directed by Kenji Fukasaku from the novel by Koushun Takami
Battle Royale is a very odd film. Never released in America – for apparently no other reason then the distributor refused (some thought because it was too violent) this movie has gained a following through word of mouth and foriegn DVDs – (you can get it now on Netflix). Briefly, it’s the near future and adults don’t feel they’re getting enough respect from the youth. They create a yearly event were one class of students (9th graders?) are stranded on an island, given weapons and food and forced to kill each other until only one survives. If there is more then one alive after 3 days the collars they’re forced to wear explode. It’s not as awful as it sounds but it does get bloody. The movie stars Takeshi Kitano, one of Japan’s leading tough guy actors as the administrator who oversees the slaughter. Also featured is Chiaki Kuriyama, Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill. This movie is huge in Japan and has spawned it’s own line of clothing, toys and a continuing Manga comic book. Don’t bother w/ the sequel – it’s a huge let down.